Investigatory Powers Act: Latest news


The Investigatory Powers Act became law in November 2016, legalising the mass surveillance practices exposed during the Snowden revelations. These include warrants to intercept bulk communications, the collection and retention of vast amounts of data, mass hacking, and the subversion of encryption to allow Government access to user data. Click here to learn more about what’s in the IPAct.

Shortly after its passage, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled against the Act’s intrusive data retention measures. Though there are signs the Home Office may be responding to the ruling, no changes have been made and the Home Office is proceeding with plans to undermine encryption by forcing companies to circumvent the security of their own products and services.

ORG campaigns aggressively against the IPAct, supports the CJEU’s ruling, and continues to fight for our right to encryption. This is all made possible by the help of our supporters. If you aren’t already an ORG supporter, consider joining today.

Notable news articles 

The Telegraph | 5 May 2017
Plans for extensive Government spying powers revealed in leaked report

The Guardian | 28 March 2017
Snooping by police to be monitored by independent authority

The Register | 29 November 2016
Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

Telegraph | 11 May 2016
Eric King on why mass surveillance doesn't keep us safe

New Statesman | 10 May 2016
Jim Killock on why the powers in the IPB are more suited to a dictatorship than a democracy | 10 May 2016
Ian Dunt on how the Home Office is trying to push through astonishingly broad powers

The Register | 10 May 2016
Don't Spy on Us launches hard hitting campaign about the IPB

Little Atoms | 13 Mar 2016
James Ball asks why Labour isn't opposing the IPB

Little Atoms | 19 Feb 2016
James Ball looks at how the IPB came about 

Independent | 28 Feb 2016
Investigatory Powers Bill: Theresa May accused of rushing snoopers' charter into law to avoid scrutiny

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You can also read our in depth blogs on the Bill here.